As we age, our diets usually become less rich in the things we need because of a decline in appetite, ability to taste, chew well, etc. Just as important as the diet in food, is our water intake. The thirsty sensation we feel in our youth might dull as we age and we have to make that conscious effort to drink the water necessary to optimally function. By incorporating adequate water with the foods on this list regularly, you won’t have to worry about missing out on the best nutrition for your aging health and success.
Berries and Antioxidants
Berries are among the best fruit you can eat as you age, and blueberries even more so. Antioxidant rich diets are usually the recommendation for anti-aging and berries are an easy and enjoyable way to get it. Antioxidants prevent or minimize damage to cells, so they don’t turn back the clock, but they definitely slow it down!
Broccoli and Fiber
You may have heard the sayings “health begins with your gut” and “everything you put in your mouth either causes cancer or cures cancer”. Constipation is one of the top complaints of aging people and can be minimized by getting adequate fiber. You can get a lot of fiber from broccoli, as well as high antioxidant and vitamin content. If you choose to go a synthetic route, be sure to pair it with plenty of water so it works correctly. Getting enough fiber will keep you regular, reduce inflammation, and lead to a healthier heart. It also reduces the risk of diabetes, bad cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Salmon and Fish Oil
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are the star in Salmon. It is a heart healthy meal recommended to be eaten twice per week to enjoy the benefit of the Omega 3s. Eating salmon can contribute to reduces chances of heart attack and stroke. Fish oil, avocados, and nuts also have helpful fats that contribute to a healthier diet. 5 one ounce servings are recommended of nuts per week.
Yogurt and Calcium
Vitamin D is essential for aging bone health and yogurt is a good source of vitamin D, protein, and probiotics that help you digest your food and lead to less inflammation and a healthier heart. Yogurt and berries can be combined for a “double whammy”, antioxidants and calcium!
Tomatoes and Lycopene
Tomatoes are some of the healthiest foods in the world. The lycopene in tomatoes is responsible for protecting people against certain kinds of cancer, protecting bones, and turning back the clock. The lycopene, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals found in tomatoes make it one ingredient that packs the punch of nearly all the other aforementioned foods.